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unusual death


Definition Death caused by highly anomalous, usually external, activities or circumstances.

Unusual deaths are the polar opposite of dying peacefully in one’s sleep. The wiki entry is great fun. To whet the appetite, here are a few. You can’t make them up 

Unusual death over the years

620 BC  Draco, Athenian law-maker, smothered to death by gifts of cloaks

162 BC   Eleazar Maccabeus, crushed to death by a war elephant that fell on top of him after he speared it from underneath

53 BC   Marcus Licinius Crassus, forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, a symbol of his greed

882 AD     Louis III of France, was chasing a woman on his horse. She entered the castle with him in hot pursuit; he forgot to dismount, banged his head on the doorway lintel, and died.

1410   Martin I of Aragon died from uncontrollable laughter

1478   George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence; executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine

Oh Death! Where is thy sting?

1514   György Dózsa, Hungarian peasants’ leader; condemned to sit on a red-hot iron throne, iron crown on his head and iron sceptre in his hand (mocking at his ambition to be king), by Transylvanian landed nobility. While he was still alive, he was set upon and his partially roasted body was eaten by six of his fellow rebels, who had been starved for a week beforehand. Ouch!

1649   Sir Arthur Aston, Royalist commander during the Siege of Drogheda; beaten to death with his own wooden leg

1771   Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died after a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert

1814   London beer flood, 9 people drowned when 323,000 gallons of beer burst out of their vats

1919   Boston, 21 people drowned when tanks of molasses exploded

1942   32 men died when the British cruiser HMS Trinidad accidentally torpedoed herself

1971   JI Rodale, father of organic farming, died of a heart attack while taping The Dick Cavett Show

Reference en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths

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